On Tuesday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the state of Donald Trump’s transition.
NBC’s Willie Geist asked Pence about how some Republicans are concerned about the deal, and the implications of the deal are not consistent with conservative values.
“I believe very much that the American people voted on November 8th for change and change in our domestic policy, and in many ways, change in our economic relationships around the world,” Pence said.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough pressed Pence on his support of the Trans Pacific Partnership and being a known freetrader, something that President-elect Trump adamantly opposes.
“We have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Donald Trump and I are committed to working with the Congress to lower that to 15% to make the American economy more competitive is to recognize the power of the free marketplace, ” Pence told Scarborough.
Pence went on to say about Trump’s approach to trade deals, “What I hear the President-elect saying, he wants to remove the incentive of companies to pull up stakes from places like Indiana and go to Mexico and gain an advantage to be able to build there and sell it back here.”
Geist pressed Pence on whether he supports government involvement in private companies and if he supports Trump’s 35 percent tariff on certain imports.
“What we don’t want to do is for companies to say it costs this much to manufacture it overseas and sell it in the United States, and it cost this much in taxes and regulations and other burdens to manufacture it in the United States,” Pence said. “Donald Trump and I believe in the free market, and we simply believe that high taxes, regulations have been driving jobs out of this country.”
“The other piece on the Carrier deal and, you talk about intervention, and I couldn’t be more proud of what our president-elect did in that case,” Pence concluded.
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